This year, despite a pandemic, the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) at Bonham Elementary raised $1,500 for the Harlingen Food Pantry.
Last school year, the Bonham NEHS raised approximately $1,085 for the Harlingen Food Pantry.
“This year, we were very worried that we would not be able to come through with some form of assistance,” Bonham NEHS Chapter Adviser Jessica Davis, Ed.D said. “Over the years, we feel like we have developed a bit of a rapport with the Coffman’s, the couple that runs the Food Pantry, and we know how much it means to them to receive help.”
Funds for this donation were raised by selling coupon cards.
“We reached out to the Sonic Drive-In off of Ed Carey, and they generously donated 300 coupon cards that our staff and students were able to sell for $5 each,” Davis said. “Our fundraiser was intended to run from Monday through Friday last week, and we ended up selling out of cards by Thursday afternoon.”
Each year Davis and her co-sponsors, Yvette Alanis and Rolando Rodriguez, make it a point to plan something in which the kids can give back to the Harlingen Food Pantry in particular.
“I am super proud of my group and our staff,” Davis said. “I think this type of positive story and outcome is exactly what the community needs right now, proof that even in the ‘darkest times’, we can work together to make a difference.”
The NEHS group, made up of fourth and fifth-grade students at Bonham, was started three years ago by Davis. To be a part of the NEHS group, students must possess leadership traits, good character, and have a track record of being responsible for themselves and their classwork.